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MY WONDERFUL VALENTINE . . .

MY WONDERFUL VALENTINE . . .
 
Valentine Day is a most enjoyable celebration.   For the most part, it focuses on love.  The Apostle Paul showed us in 1 Corinthians 12:31 that "love is a more excellent way."  He said three great attributes are faith, hope, and love . . . but the greatest of these is love (see 1 Corinthians 13).
 
How did Valentine's Day originate?  Legend tells us that Valentine was a priest in third century Rome.  Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, so he forbade young men of military age to marry.  Saint Valentine ignored the law and continued marrying young couples.   His refusal to follow the edict cost him his life. February 14th marked the day of his death. 
 
Cupid is over 3000 years old.  He began as the Greek god Eros.  He was young and handsome.  Later he morphed into the Roman god, Cupid.  He looked like an unclothed cherub.
 
On the other hand, Valentine cards were first discovered postmarked in England in 1806.  Remember limericks like "Roses are red, violets are blue; Sugar is sweet, and so are you!"
 
Also associated with Valentine's Day are chocolates.  During the 1800s, chocolate became a popular Valentine's gift.  Valentine's Day has become associated with love, romance, and even marriage.  Former Education Secretary William Bennett attended a modern wedding where the bride and groom pledged in their wedding vows to remain together "as long as love shall last."  "I sent paper plates as my wedding gift," Bennett said.
 
"What is love?" the teacher asked.  A little girl replied:  "Grandma has arthritis so bad that she cannot paint her toe nails.  So grandpa does it for her.  That's love," the girl said. "Love makes the world go around." 
 
I met and married my valentine and best friend, Lois Hudson, now seventy (70) years ago.  God blessed us with two wonderful children, Judy and David (D).  These three are my treasured valentines. 
 
             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   Charles Foxworth
 
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana
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